Teams - please see the attached letter and help out if you can!
Teams - one of the toughest jobs I have found in my short time as the Affiliate is matching teams looking for students and students looking for teams. I will be looking for a better forum in the future, but for now this Blog is a place for both students and teams to post a comment if they are open to more students OR you have a student looking for a team. And if you can work with others in the blob comments to form a team, let me know and I can assist you in finding rookie grants too!
Please register here at this link: REGISTER
San Diego FTC 2017-2018 Season Details
Leagues of 12-16 Teams: Each FTC team in the San Diego region will be assigned to one of five leagues. Each league will have about 12-16 teams.
Competition Dates: There will be League Meets on three Saturday/Sunday weekends (December 9/10, January 13/14, January 27/28), followed by League Tournaments on February 10/11, followed by the Regional Championship (for those teams that qualify) on February 25 or 26th. Each team competes once each weekend through the League Tournament for a total of 4 competitions, unless that team advances to the regional.
Cost: $250 for three League Meets and the League Tournament; $125 additional for teams that qualify for the Regional Championship. Please mail a $250 check made out to “RISE” to: RISE c/o Matt Nilsen, 3517 Hugo Street, San Diego, CA 92106 no later than 9/30/17. There is an increase in the cost by $25 this year due to the increased field elements cost and anticipated need to replace glyphs at tournaments. Please note your team number on the check.
Structure of League Meets: Each League Meet will consist of 6 qualifying rounds but no judging. As a fun way to end each league meet, there will also be “unofficial” elimination rounds, with alliance selection, for four alliances of two teams to determine a meet winning alliance. League Meets will take about ½ day.
Mixing and Matching Leagues: At the first League Meet, each team will compete only against teams in its same league. But at the second and third League Meets, teams from different leagues will be mixed, but the size of each League Meet will remain about 12 to 16 teams.
Rankings: For each team, its 10 best results in League Meet qualifying rounds (not elimination rounds) will be used to rank each team by Qualifying Points and Ranking Points. Each team will carry that ranking into the League Tournament. So, instead of starting the League Tournament with 0 QP and 0 RP, your team may start the League Tournament with as many as 20 QP.
Structure of League Tournaments: For the League Tournaments, each team will again compete only against teams in its same league. But there will also be judging at the League Tournament, just like at the Regional Championship. A League Tournament is like a mini-Regional Championship.
Advancement to Regional Championship: From each League Tournament, 7 teams will be selected to advance to the Regional Championship based on the advancement criteria in Game Manual part 1.
Advancement to Super-Regionals: Several teams will qualify to advance to the Super-Regionals. The actual number to advance has yet TBD by the Super-Regional committee.
RSVP's are closed - please send an email to SanDiegoFTC@gmail.com if you still wish to attend but have not RSVPed.
Please share the attached flyer with your team about the San Diego FIRST FTC Kickoff on Saturday, September 9th.
RSVP’s are required so we can order enough challenge swag and to enter your team (must be a registered team from last year or this year) for the door prizes! If you like free stuff, please RSVP!
Please complete the attached photography release form for each team member. This is required by Qualcomm. Please fill out the forms in advance and email them to SanDiegoFtcINFO@gmail.com before your arrive or bring them completed to the event to avoid delaying your team’s check in.
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 - doors open at 7:30am
Where: Qualcomm’s main auditorium
Morehouse Campus Building N
5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
(see attached map)
What: Kickoff/Game video and field reveal plus:
· Continental breakfast provided by Qualcomm
· Instructional booths hosted by veteran teams
· Door prizes for registered teams
· Swag/field elements from the new challenge for each team
· Special guest speakers!
RSVP’s and release forms Required: RSVP
The release form is attached—please send the release forms BEFORE the event if possible to: SanDiegoFtcINFO@gmail.com, or bring them to the event. Please also send a team photo &/or team logo.
Space is filling up—RSVP’s, releases and photos/logos are needed by September 6, 2017!
Full Schedule: 7:30am Doors open—booths/breakfast
8:20am Ceremonies begin
9:00am Game video and field reveal
9:30am Booths reopen
10:00am Game Rules review
11:30am Event closes
Any questions? Just ask!
San Diego FTC – Affiliate Partner
Please RSVP for the Relic Recovery Kickoff event at Qualcomm - details here:
and we've updated the Calendar of Upcoming Events so you can see when Meets and Tournaments are currently scheduled:
High school students can apply for paid 8 week summer apprenticeships in science and engineering with Dept. of Navy labs. You must be a US citizen at least 16 yrs old. Stipend for the Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) is $3300 for 8 wks, or $3800 for returning students.
College students are eligible for a similar 10 week Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP):
Online applications for SEAP and many more details for high school students are here:
You can select just the blog posts that announce programs we hear about:
Let us know if you find this useful or have any suggestions.